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Archive for August, 2018

8-31-2018 Gospel MT 25:1-13

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/083118.cfm

Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The Kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’  Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.  The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise ones replied, ‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’ While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’  Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

How often does Jesus have to remind us to be awake, to be ready for the Lord to come? We do not know when, but we have to be ready and we can only do that if we stay awake and live our life for the Lord. How do you live? Do you think you will have time to repent and be like the foolish virgins?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, living for you is easy when we give it all to you. Thank you for the freedom you have given to me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

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8-30-2018 Gospel MT 24:42-51

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/083018.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so. Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards, the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

Are you awake? Are you prepared? We do not know when the Lord is returning or when our time on earth has ended, so we must be prepared. Are you ready to meet the Lord? You may not have time to make amends before the end. Are you prepared?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to prepare for your coming. I want to meet you in Heaven, please help me to get there! In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

I will praise your name forever, Lord.

8-29-2018 Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist Gospel MK 6:17-29

Passion of John the Baptist

Learn more about the Passion of St. John Baptist: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/martyrdom-of-john-the-baptist/

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082918.cfm

Herod was the one who had John the Baptist arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married. John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so. Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him. She had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee. Herodias’ own daughter came in and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.” He even swore many things to her, “I will grant you whatever you ask of me, even to half of my kingdom.” She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the Baptist.” The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request, “I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her. So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head. He went off and beheaded him in the prison. He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

John died for a cause, the cause of truth. He was not afraid to tell Herod the truth, that he was living in sin and causing scandal. Herod recognized that there was something special about John that spoke to him, but his wife was afraid he would listen to John’s words. How many times do we do that today? We hear the truth and are afraid that we might have to change. But John knew the truth and refused to compromise to “make someone feel good or not hurt their feelings”. Do you hold back the truth because of fear? The Lord will give you the courage you need if you will step out in faith and trust Him. Do you trust the Lord?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, remind me when I am afraid to tell the truth out of fear that you are here and will stand by me if I will just speak up. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

8-28-2018 Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Gospel MT 23:23-26

St. Augustine

Learn more about St. Augustine: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=418

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082818.cfm

Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law:judgment and mercy and fidelity. But these you should have done, without neglecting the others. Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You cleanse the outside of cup and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.”

No matter how we act in public, it is what is inside of us that counts. We can act anyway we want, but if we put on a facade of caring and love, but do not feel it inside, it will tell. How you feel will show, maybe not right away, but you cannot hide it forever. And, the Lord sees all, inside and out so it will not fool Him. Do your actions match your thoughts?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me when I start putting on a show, but in my heart, I do not feel that way. Help me to always change my thoughts, not my ways. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The Lord comes to judge the earth.

8-27-2018 Memorial of Saint Monica Gospel MT 23:13-22

St. Monica

Learn more about St. Monica: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082718.cfm

Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the Kingdom of heaven before men. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You traverse sea and land to make one convert, and when that happens you make him a child of Gehenna twice as much as yourselves.

“Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If one swears by the temple, it means nothing, but if one swears by the gold of the temple, one is obligated.’ Blind fools, which is greater, the gold, or the temple that made the gold sacred? And you say, ‘If one swears by the altar, it means nothing, but if one swears by the gift on the altar, one is obligated.’ You blind ones, which is greater, the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? One who swears by the altar swears by it and all that is upon it; one who swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it; one who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who is seated on it.”

Leading the Lord’s children astray is serious, a breach of trust that Our Lord condemns. So many are lead astray by false teachings and promises, promises of wealth and power. Promises that the Lord can be bribed into showering you with riches and favors, promises that the world think is important. Who do you believe? Who do you follow?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray for all who fall for the lies of others. May they come to know you and not some false god of this world. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.

8-26-2018 Gospel JN 6:60-69

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082618.cfm

Many of Jesus’ disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”

As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

“To whom shall we go” is a question we need to ask ourselves today. With the problems and issues that are occurring, we need to stay steadfast in our faith and keep our eyes on Jesus. There is no where else to go, Jesus is the Bread of Life and giver of the eternal word and eternal life. Without Him in the Eucharist, we have nothing.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have no other place to go, there is no place I want to be, but beside you. Thank you for your gift of life, both mortal and eternal. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

8-25-2018 Gospel MT 23:1-12

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082518.cfm

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

We have this problem today. So many preach one thing but live their life in a completely opposite way. Jesus is telling us to listen to their words, as many do preach the truth, but they do not live it. We must learn to know the truth and to live it. Do not follow the examples of those who live a lie. Nothing but pain and sorrow comes from that. Live the truth always and you will find total happiness in Our Lord. Are you ready for freedom and happiness?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you saved me from the life of lies I lived. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you all the honor, glory and blessing for the life I live now, Amen.

The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.

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